Singer and songwriter Chelsea Berry, a Cape Ann favorite, will kick off Old Sloop Coffeehouse
’s fourth season Saturday, Sept. 8.
Old Sloop Coffeehouse is an outreach project of the First Congregational Church of Rockport, offering music in a variety of styles at affordable prices. Performers include Cape Ann’s gifted musicians, rising talents from the Boston area, and touring musicians from across the United States and around the world.
The coffeehouse serves coffee, tea, and a variety of home-baked goods. Performances are in the church’s handicap-accessible Fellowship Hall, and everyone is welcome. No one is turned away for an inability to pay.
The coffeehouse has so far scheduled 13 concerts for its 2012-2013 season.
Besides Berry, returning artists include Gloucester’s own left-handed, upside-down guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer
Fly Amero, male a cappella ensemble Overboard, traditional folk masters Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly with their band, blues master Brooks Williams, and Grammy Award-winning children’s performers Debbie and Friends.
Among the musicians making debut appearances will be Boston’s
Mark Erelli and Wisconsin native Jeffrey Foucault, performing music from their “Seven Curses” collaboration; Canada’s Garnet Rogers; folk artist Gordon Bok of Camden, Maine; and songwriter Bob Franke. The website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org has the complete schedule, more information, and
links to artist websites with sample music and videos.
Advance tickets may be purchased from the website, at
Gloucester Music and Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Tickets will be available at the door with discounted prices for juniors, seniors, and families.
Targeting supplies for middle, high schools
Rockport Middle and High School Principal Philip Conrad is asking townspeople to help his school pay for needed books and supplies.
To help out the school, once each week until Sept 8, Target will give the school a $25 gift card for every 25 votes the school receives. The school could receive up to $10,000.
“Wouldn’t that be great?” Conrad wrote on his principal’s blog, http://rmhsprincipal.blogspot.com/
The program is part of the
Give With Target program. For more information and to vote, visit Facebook.com/Target.
Marjorie Nesin returns Monday. She compiles information about events, services and programs for Rambling. If you have a news tip or submission for the weekly Ramblings column, you can reach Marjorie at 978-283-7000 x3451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.